It’s Banned Books Week!

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“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”-

This year Banned Books Week goes from September 25-October 1.  Below are some books that in the past (sometimes present) people have tried to ban others from reading.  Below are a few teen books that individuals (parents, educators, politicians, etc) have tried to take out of libraries and schools.



Check out this list for more banned or challenged Teen Books.

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

Book & Music Pairings: Six of Crows

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If you are anything like me then you’ve been chomping at the bit for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the sequel to Six of Crows.  Crooked Kingdom comes out on Tuesday, September 27th so get on the holds list ASAP!  If you haven’t read SOC I highly suggest picking it up.

While you read try listening to this Six of Crows inspired playlist through Spotify!




Hottest Teen Titles for September

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Here are the most popular Teen titles to come out this September. Get on the hold list asap!


Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs-September 3

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas– September 6

As I Descended by Robin Talley– September 6

Michael Vey: Fall of Hades (#6) by Richard Paul Evans– September 13

Stealing Snow by Danielle Page– September 20

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake– September 20

The Fever Code by Jame Dashner– September 27

Crooked Kingdom: a Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo-September 27

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge– September 27

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson-September 27



Miss Peregrine’s Book Discussion

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9.22 miss peregrines

Join us on September 22, 4:30-5:30pm to discuss Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  We’ll eat snacks, talk about the book (and how excited we are for the movie) and then make Miss Peregrine inspired tote bags!

Stop in at the library’s reference desk to pick up a copy of the book to check out and make sure to register for book discussion.  You can also register by phone by calling 810.229.6571 extension 227 or email us at



Teen Book Review: Hoot

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Book: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Reviewer: Anton, Grade 7

Hoot is a 2002 Realistic Fiction young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen. The setting takes place in Florida, where new arrival Roy makes two oddball friends and a bad enemy, and joins an effort to stop construction of a pancake house which would destroy a colony of burrowing owls who live on the site. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 2003. (Plot)The main character Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida and into the town of Coconut Cove where his classmate Dana Matherson starts to bully him. On the bus to school, Roy sees a boy running barefoot outside. Roy tries to leave the bus, but Dana chokes and strangles him. He escapes after punching Dana in the face, breaking his nose, and then exiting the bus. But Roy can’t catch the running boy because a golf ball hits Roy in the head. The school suspends him from the bus for two weeks and orders Roy to write an apology to Dana. Roy calls for a truce, but Dana refuses. I absolutely love and recommend this book to pre teens. I rate this book a 4/5 because it gives you new perspectives and emotions of the story because the book it told by several people.
A fictional restaurant called Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House decides to build a franchise in Coconut Cove, but vandalism delays the work. Roy learns the running boy is the vandal known as “Mullet Fingers”, and they become friends. Mullet Fingers vandalizes and delays construction to save an endangered species—the burrowing owl—that live on the site

Teen Book Review: Dracula

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Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Reviewer: Megan, Grade 8

Dracula is (of course) a book about a vampire. But sadly, not many people have read the real thing. As a classic, it is not the normal fiction book, it is deeper (but only slightly) and more (sorry there’s no other word for it) mature.
You will travel through the story of Dracula, by reading diary pages, letters and other things written by people with whom the story interacts. A poor woman will become a vampire and die, while her friend will become ill of the same affliction.
This story has, although just a drama, is able to make you laugh, cry, and shout in fear for the characters. I highly recommend reading it, and would give it five stars. This is a book every house hold should have.

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Teen Book Review: Maximum Ride-The Angel Experiment

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Book:Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Reviewer: Anton,Grade 7

Author James Patterson, best known for adult suspense novels, makes a passable foray into the young adult market with this book about a group of human/bird hybrids. For teens who just want action and excitement and who don’t much care about the niceties — such as logic, character development, consistent voice, or plot — this will be plenty of fun. And there’s the fantasy of winged flight, which is always a pleaser. The book
opens up by introducing us to Max, a fourteen-year-old girl who also happens to be a human-avian hybrid. She lives in a house with her fellow hybrid friends—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. They used to live at the School, where evil scientists created and experimentmaximumted on them, but they escaped and have been in hiding ever since.The entire book amounts to little more than a prologue to the series: Despite more than 400 pages of chases, fights, break-ins, and almost non-stop action, practically nothing actually happens in this fantasy book. The main characters are captured, they escape, they are cornered, they escape, they are wounded, they recover, they try to hide, they are found, over and over again. In truth, very little of it makes any kind of sense, though there are plenty of hints that it will eventually — just not in this book.
In the end i would rate this book a 3/5 because this book didn’t really capture my attention and didn’t have me coming back to the book.

Teen Book Review: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

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Book: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Series: Gregor the Overlander gregor
Reviewer: Anton -7th Grade

Gregor And The Curse Of The Warmbloods is a 358 page book that takes place in an underworld under New York! (written by Suzanne Collins). The 3rd book in the series this book is a fantasy because of its talking animals and make believe world. Gregor is in New York above the underworld where strange things happen. The stories main character is Gregor and the secondary characters are his family members (boots, Lizzie,Mom, Dad). One day he gets a scroll from the underworld from his underworld friends asking him of his help, in the previous books there has always been a prophecy, in this book the prophecy is called the prophecy of blood. There is a plague going on in the underworld and Gregor is in the middle of the prophecy, the prophecy states that Gregor is the key to the cure of “The curse of the warm bloods” which is the plague that affects all warm bloods. I would recommend this book for anyone who is into action/adventure and fantasy books. Also, I would most definitely rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 because of the wonderful and mixed range of dialogue and intriguing plot.

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Cupcake Wars!!

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This past Thursday the library was taken over by Teen & Pre-Teen cupcake decorators for Cupcake Wars.  Kids battled it out to take home the prize is the decorating war.

The Rules

Everyone needed to complete decorating 2 cupcakes

Competitors could choose 4 items from our ingredients table

Competitors could barter with their neighbors for additional ingredients

Everyone got 20 minutes total to decorate

Work stations needed to be clean by the time was called

cupcake ingredients table

Competitors could pick 4 items from our ingredients table


teen winner

Katie won for the teens

Along the way our devious judges decided to throw in a few twists to keep our competitors on their toes.  About 5 minutes in a wrench was thrown into their carefully laid plans when everyone was now required to use sprinkles in at leastcc girl one of their cupcakes!   Panic and grumbling ensued as contestants wracked their brains on how to incorporate sprinkles into their cupcakes. The cupcake powers that be also later announced that Sixlet candies had to be used as well.


When the clock ran out all the contestants had to have a clean workstation with their cupcakes neatly presented.  Our judges then went around the room to view the cupcakes and hear the competitors short description of what they did and why.  After much deliberation pre-teen and teen winners were chosen.

This event was a blast and we hope to see everyone for the next Cupcake Wars next year!


Avery was voted best cupcakes by her fellow contestants!

pre-teen winnerl

Lorelei won for the Pre-Teens!



Danton won the judges vote in the second round of Cupcake Wars